These cookies were banished from my home and my presence nearly 16 years ago. I forgot about them until recently. El asked what I craved when I was pregnant with her. I told her I didn't think I craved anything. The only thing I could remember was going on a date with Steve and eating french fries and a piece of chocolate pie for dinner. Weird preference maybe, but not a craving. I didn't feel right about my answer though. Her question bugged me.
Shortly after her question, El was supposed to take a couple dozen cookies to school, for sale in the cafeteria as part of a fundraiser for the orchestra. (Batches 1,2&3)
And suddenly I remembered The Cookies.
And suddenly I could answer her question.
And suddenly I slapped some poundage on the behinds of everyone I love, for these yummies are not conducive to weight maintenance.
Indisputable fact. The best recipes come from church cookbooks. Janesville United Methodist Cookbook(that's the church where we got hitched!) is a small, red, three ring binder. Tucked behind a blue tab with the modest label COOKIES & BARS, at the bottom of page 93, is the beloved Recipe. I am forever indebted to (and furious with) a woman with the initials CB.
Quite recently, Cam, I am named them Your Pregnancy Cookies, as in, "Oh, yay, I hoped you'd bring Your Pregnancy Cookies!" (Batches 7,8&9)
Warning: this recipe must be tripled. Honestly. One or two batches will not make it to tomorrow. Mo made some cookies yesterday. Steve just finished off the last one. (Batches 15,16&17, and yes, the numbers are off because I could only double batch one time, due to the tragic circumstance of running out of chocolate chips)
Chocolate Cookies, Your Pregnancy Cookies*, or The Recipe**
1 stick margarine (I use butter)
1 T. water
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. chocolate chips
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Cook margarine (butter), water, and brown sugar over low heat until melted (or may microwave). Add chocolate chips; stir to melt. Beat in eggs, flour, soda, and salt. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
cook the butter-water-sugar mixture until the sugar does not seem 'grainy' any more;
let the mixture cool below egg cooking temperature before you add the eggs;
the dough is the right consistency when it doesn't stick to your fingers;
the dough will look strange - don't worry.
*No, I am not pregnant. Puh-leeze.
**I am reminded of the Baldwin Sisters on The Waltons. CB of Janesville United Methodist Church has honored us with her Recipe. I entrust it to you to honor and protect; revere it, for it holds healing powers. Or perhaps it will begin your downward spiral. See you at the bottom.